WILD THINGS STOP BEACH BUMS IN GAME 1
WASHINGTON, PA -- The Traverse City Beach Bums(9-10) came back from a 3-0 deficit but couldn't hold a 4-3 lead in Friday night's 7-4 loss to the Washington Wild Things(11-8).
The Wild Things started the offense in the first inning with a couple of runs. Alex Fernandez hit an RBI double then Kane Sweeney drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to make it an early 2-0 lead. In the third, Sweeney drove in another run, this time with single to right to drive in Rashad Brown.
In the fourth, the Beach Bums started to chip away at the deficit. Arby Fields led off with a double that one-hopped over the wall. After moving to third on a Steven Patterson groundout, Will Kengor hit an infield single to bring in Fields for the first Traverse City run.
Nick Muprhy led off the top of the fifth inning with a single to right then moved to second on a wild pitch. Two batters later, Fields and Patterson each walked to load the bases. Following a pitching change, Kengor hit a single to left to pull the Bums within one. With the sacks still full of Bums, Alexis Rivera grounded out to drive in a run to tie the game at three.
In the top of the seventh, with two outs, Steven Patterson stepped to the plate. With a 3-1 count, he laced a line-drive home run over the right field wall, his sixth of the season, giving the Beach Bums the lead. Unfortunately, they were not able to hold it for long.
Washington's offense picked right back up in the bottom of the frame with a three run attack. Trevin Sonnier hit an RBI double to tie the game then Rashad Brown drove in two with a double of his own, giving the Wild Things the lead for good. They added an insurance run in the eighth when Kenny Peoples-Walls drove in a run while reaching on a fielders choice.
Washington's Jordan Schwartz pitched 3 2/3 innings of solid relief to earn the victory, and improve to 1-2. Nate Abel recovered from a rough start to survive into the seventh inning. At one point in tonights no-decision, he retired 11 in a row. Jake Ezell replaced Abel in the seventh and gave up two earned runs, falling to 1-1 in the loss. Zach Strecker pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save of the season.
The Beach Bums and Wild Things return to action tomorrow night for game two of this weekends series. Kramer Champlin with take the hill for Traverse City and Aaron Burns goes for Washington. First pitch is at 7:05pm and Tom Willms will have the call starting at 6:45pm with the Budweiser Pre-Game Show, on 101.9- The Bay.
Thrifty Tuesday is now also Silver Slugger Night! Patrons 60 and over get half-off for chairback seats. Plus, you can eat cheap at the ballpark with a five dollar meal deal. Combine the two and you can enjoy the game and a meal for just $10. Thats coming up on Tuesday night when the Beach Bums host the Gateway Grizzlies. Gates open at 6pm for a 7:05pm first pitch.
Individual tickets are now available, 24/7 at www.tcbeachbums.com, or by calling the box office at (231) 943-0100, Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm, and on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm, (non-game days), and from 10am until the seventh inning on game days.